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Driver charged for hitting cyclist

Off-duty deputy in good condition

Posted: January 16, 2013 - 11:36am  |  Updated: January 16, 2013 - 12:17pm
Emergency responders help off-duty Columbia County Sheriff's Office bicycle deputy Mark Benson, who was hit by a truck on Jan. 7.  FILE
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Emergency responders help off-duty Columbia County Sheriff's Office bicycle deputy Mark Benson, who was hit by a truck on Jan. 7.

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An Evans woman has been charged in a Jan. 7 incident that seriously injured a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office bicycle deputy.

Kathy Howle, 38, of Evans, was charged with driving too fast for conditions, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller.

She was driving her Ford F-150 truck along Furys Ferry Road in McCormick County at about 3:15 p.m., when she hit off-duty Deputy Mark Benson, who was riding his bicycle on the edge of the road.

Benson, 60, of Augusta, is in good condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Benson is a 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s office currently assigned to the Special Operations Division Bike Patrol, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

A motorist traveling behind Howle’s truck said several other vehicles passed Benson, but Howle’s truck hit him. Benson was airlifted to MCG for treatment.

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corgimom

I hope that all of the

I hope that all of the cyclists around here that think "I'm careful, I won't get hit" reads this story. They are engaged in magical thinking when they think that they will never get hit.

We all know that we will get in car accidents. We have car accidents no matter how careful we personally are, because you cannot control another person and what they do.

I hope that the deputy will fully recover, but take a look at the road in the picture. No shoulder, narrow road. It's very dangerous to ride a bike in RC/CC/AC, those paved wagon tracks were never designed for auto traffic, let alone cars and bikes.

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